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C. J. Bell family diaries, 1878-1932.

Author: Bell family.; Charles J Bell; Mary Louise Perry Bell; Adine Merritt Bell; Jennifer Bell
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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This collection contains 55 diaries of Charles James ("C. J.") Bell (1845-1909), his wife, Mary Louise ("M. Louise") Perry Bell (1849-1918), and their two daughters, Adine Merritt Bell and Jennifer Bell. These diaries were, for the most part, written while the family was living on their farm in Walden, Vermont. The diaries of Charles James Bell document a period of his life from 1880-1898 and focus primarily on
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Genre/Form: Diaries
Financial records
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Named Person: Charles J Bell; Mary Louise Perry Bell; Adine Merritt Bell; Jennifer Bell; Bell family.; Perry family.
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Bell family.; Charles J Bell; Mary Louise Perry Bell; Adine Merritt Bell; Jennifer Bell
OCLC Number: 729247817
Notes: The Vermont Historical Society library holds three folders of Charles Bell's papers (MSC 1:25-27), including his discharge papers from the 15th Vermont Regiment in 1863, and from the 1st Regiment of Vermont Cavalry in 1865; an appointment of Bell as census enumerator, 1880; appointment as railroad commissioner in 1894; and list of officers of the Vermont State Grange, ca. 1904.
The library also has a folder of letters sent to Governor Bell between December 1905 and March 1906 supporting his position in the Mary Rogers affair (MSA 54:2).
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This collection contains 55 diaries of Charles James ("C. J.") Bell (1845-1909), his wife, Mary Louise ("M. Louise") Perry Bell (1849-1918), and their two daughters, Adine Merritt Bell and Jennifer Bell. These diaries were, for the most part, written while the family was living on their farm in Walden, Vermont. The diaries of Charles James Bell document a period of his life from 1880-1898 and focus primarily on activities related to his farm in Walden, Vermont. Although Bell was somewhat irregular in the frequency with which he wrote in his diary, topics related to the day-to-day running of the farm, including hired help, finances, livestock, and logging, recur throughout his 14 diaries. Bell's diaries also record information about his membership in various societies, especially regarding his attendance at meetings. Some notes related to political activities and responsibilities during Bell's terms as a State Representative (1882-1884) and a State Senator (1894-1896) also appear. In addition to the diaries, the collection also contains 3 notebooks belonging to Bell, where farming is also a predominant topic. However, these contain more formally composed notes for what may have been ideas for articles, essays or speeches.

Mary Louise Perry Bell wrote daily in her 14 diaries, which span from 1878 to 1917. These diaries include information about her daily routine, her family, particularly her husband, daughters, and father, and the weather. Social visits and interactions as well as travel are also regularly recorded. Her daughters, Adine and Jennifer Bell, began their diaries in this collection at ages 22 and 25 respectively and recorded their daily activities and observations with great regularity. A letter, 15 December 1932, to Adine and Jennifer Bell is also included in the collection.

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